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Planning the Powers of Your Personal Representative

Posted by attorney John Roberts

Without advance planning, Probate may be needed to distribute real estate, bank accounts, and other assets. If you have a Will, you designate the Personal Representative who manages your estate. You can also decide what powers the Personal Representative will have over your estate. There are many powers that you may, or may not, want to grant. In Massachusetts, without specific powers regarding real estate, the Personal Representative will have to go back to Court, and pay additional fees to obtain license to sell a house or any other parcels of real estate. http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartII/TitleII/Chapter202/Section6 Don't leave gaps. Your will can limit or expand the powers of a Personal Representative, to protect your estate, carry out your wishes, and give your estate plan the best chance of working the way you want it to. Law Office of John L. Roberts Serving Clients in Hampden County, Massachusetts Telephone: (413) 567-5600

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Probate and Estate Planning Resources from the Law Office of John L. Roberts:

For Our Probate and Estate Settlement Clients: Estate Assets Checklist and Certification Form
http://www.estateplansplus.com/pdf/estate_assets_checklist.pdf

Settling the Affairs of a Loved One, and Safeguarding the Estate
http://www.estateplansplus.com/html/settlement_estates.html

Probate of A Decedent's Estate in Massachusetts: Which Level of Probate Do You Need?
http://www.estateplansplus.com/html/probate_massachusetts.html

Funeral Arrangements and Emotional Care for You and Your Family
http://www.estateplansplus.com/html/settlement_funeral.html

Personal Representative's Duty to Protect Your Loved Ones, and Your Probate Estate
http://www.estateplansplus.com/html/probate_personal_rep.html

Save Time and Money on Probate of A Small Estate
http://www.estateplansplus.com/html/probate_small_estates.html

Important Reasons to Prepare a Will
http://www.estateplansplus.com/html/wills.html

Lack of Capacity, Undue Influence and Other Objections that can Overturn a Will
http://www.estateplansplus.com/html/probate_will_contest.html

How An Elder Law Attorney Prepares a Will that Protects Your Interests
http://www.estateplansplus.com/html/will_preparation.html

Trust & Estate Planning Template for a Single Individual
http://www.estateplansplus.com/pdf/Estate_Planning_Template.pdf

Trust & Estate Planning Template for a Married Couple
http://www.estateplansplus.com/pdf/Estate_Planning_Template_Married.pdf

Trustee Selection Checklist
http://www.estateplansplus.com/pdf/Trustee_Selection_Checklist.pdf

Power of Attorney Selection Checklist
http://www.estateplansplus.com/pdf/Power_of_Attorney_Selection_Checklist.pdf


Six Planning Tools to Consider, if Your Goal is Avoiding Probate.
http://www.estateplansplus.com/html/avoiding_probate.html

9 Risks You Must Consider Before Transferring Your House to Joint Ownership or Life Estate with Your Children
http://www.estateplansplus.com/html/avoiding_probate_cases.html

Probate Court Guardianship: Planning Can Protect Your Rights
http://www.estateplansplus.com/html/probate_guardianship.html

Probate Court Conservatorship
http://www.estateplansplus.com/html/probate_conservatorship.html

Probate Court Filing Fees in Massachusetts
http://www.estateplansplus.com/html/probate_filing_fees.htm

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